Morgue. A Life in Death, by Dr. Vincent DiMaio and Ron Franscell
Coming from ancient greek the word autopsy (αὐτοψία) -literally “to see for oneself”- has been used since the 17th century for a surgical procedure that consists of a scrupulous examination of a dead human body to determine the cause and manner of death and to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present.
Ancient Egyptians -probably around 3000 BC- were one of the first civilizations to remove and examine the internal organs of humans in the religious practice of mummification. But in many other societies autopsies were forbidden, as it was believed that the disfigurement of dead persons prevented them from entering the afterlife.
Beside culture and religious beliefs, autopsy has an essential role in criminal investigations. Veritas numquam perit (truth never perishes) Seneca wrote, and Dr. DiMaio devoted his life to find it. With 40 year experience and more than 9,000 autopsies done he is one of the country’s most methodical and intuitive criminal pathologist.
From the pen of one of the best crime writer Ron Franscell and Dr. DiMaio’s memories comes a fascinating life story behind the morgue doors, through the cases that have made DiMaio famous -from the exhumation of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald to the complex issues in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.
Suspenseful stories, revealing anecdotes and enough macabre insider details to rivet the most fervent crime fans.
Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and he died that distinguish one man from another.
∼ Ernest Hemingway ∼